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Meet the Star Clipper Holidays Experts – From Ponders Travel

Star Clipper Holidays is one of the leading independent partners for Star Clippers in the United Kingdom.
We have a team of experienced and well – travelled staff on hand to guide you through your Star Clipper Holiday. All of our staff have been on all of the Star Clipper Fleet between them and have a wealth of information and top tips to offer on these stunning ships.

Clare Dudley

clareDudleyMy first job in travel was when I was just 18 years old and I worked for Lunn Poly Business Travel,  But when I moved to Premier Travel in Cambridge, as business development manager, my role involved me more and more with  the cruise market. Gaining more experience in other sectors of the trade was necessary, before stepping off on my own and I joined Fred Olsen Travel as cruise development manager. “The confidence to set up my own business came from the work I did at Fred Olsen’s. The company is part of a multi-million pound cruise empire and the hunger and knowledge to grow the business was everything I wanted. It was Christmas 2009 when I finally realised that I had accumulated all the background and knowledge to do it for myself. So it’s now been over 3 years since I launched Star Clipper Holidays and I am exceptionally proud of what we have achieved to date and my passion for Star Clipper Holidays and delivering superb service and holidays to all our clients is still as intense as the first day we launched. 

Zoltan Biczo

Born and raised in Hungary, I have lived in numerous countries and spent much of my life in Britain.
I am always on the go, and am a father of 2 children. Having been married for a decade I have had a constant love affair with Star Clippers, the most beautiful cruise line in the whole wide world. The longer I stayed, the more bewitched I became, soon completely enchanted. Barely able to describe the simple bliss of the sight of the Star Clippers ships’ silhouette in the horizon off the blue lagoons of the Caribbean or the ragged Croatian coasts. You just cannot get enough of her. Once stepped onboard, you will never be able to leave her for long.

Since joining the Ponders team in early 2014, my objective is to become the company’s very own concierge to ensure their clients don’t just travel but experience the destination.

My passion for travel has developed into a love of meeting local people in their own environment, learning about their cultures and languages. Calling myself a gypsy having moved 10 times within the last 10 years. Therefore, in addition to great destination knowledge, I can offer a good insight into the non tourist side of the Continental Europe.

My travel career started at Fred Olsen Cruise Lines, I then went on to spend 2 years working for a luxury travel agency before joining some of the most exclusive, niche cruise companies such as Star Clippers in 2010, AmaWaterways in 2011 and Amadeus River Cruises in 2013. He has seen much of their programme; his highlights include Costa Rica & Nicaragua, Mexico, Caribbean Islands hopping, Baltic Sea, the Mediterranean and the great European Waterways.

A true advocate for Star Clippers’ fascinating products and would be delighted to give in-depth knowledge and personal recommendations to help you make the most of your sailing experience.


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Adventure, Romance, Grace

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The masts alone soar more than two hundred feet into the sky. At the bow, a graceful bowsprit has nets that you can climb into and watch dolphins from. And for pure drama, the sight of thousands of feet of slowly lowering, billowing white sails is impossible to beat. They come down like a series of spectacular stage curtains on one of the most magnificent shows at sea; the sparkling, pristine beauty of a Star Clipper.

Three spectacular throwbacks to the golden age of sail, the Star Clipper ships are nothing less than the cathedrals of the sea; vast, impressive, and harking back to another time and place. Boarding any of them is an adventure like no other. Each one is as distinct as a human fingerprint.

Star Flyer and Star Clipper are gleaming white sister ships, each as graceful as a swan. The proud, deep blue hulled Royal Clipper is a vast, five masted monument to another time and place. And yet, each has every modern comfort and convenience to make your time on board a truly memorable, life affirming adventure.

It is all about the experience of being at sea on a real ship. Wood, brass and beautiful maritime paintings give just the right tone to these tremendous ships. You can help with the sails if you are so moved, and even climb the rigging to the mast look outs, too. Of course, you can do nothing more energetic than lay around one of the small, funky pools on board with a drink, a book, or even both. That’s just as much fun as well.

Carrying between 170 to 300 passengers, the Star Clippers are warm and intimate, and small enough to get into the sweet little, highly styled yacht harbours in the Mediterranean and Caribbean that the big ships have to pass by. It really is a totally different way of sailing; more of a voyage than a normal cruise experience.

During the summer, the three ships can usually be found in the warm, welcoming western Mediterranean, or cutting an indolent swathe through the historic, hedonistic highlights of the Greek islands. Each autumn, they surge ahead of the coming winter like exotic birds of passage, spending their time pirouetting gracefully around the sun splashed playgrounds of the sparkling Caribbean.

But wherever you board one of these graceful giants, you’ll have tall tales to tell on your return. Best bit? They are all true, too.

Our experienced staff can answer any query you may have from the food, the atmosphere or what else is available onboard. Our team are familiar with every aspect of your Star Clipper journey. We are cruise enthusiasts, divers, sailors and all just people who love the open sea.

We promise you it will be something that you will never forget.

We would love you to visit our sister site Ponders Cruise and Travel we have a vast range of alternative holiday experiences from Safaris to River Cruising. With special offers galore why not give us a click.

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